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Dell Latitude D630 - Cure for a Flashing Orange Battery Light

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If you own a Dell laptop and suddenly find that the orange battery light is winking at you then maybe it’s time to get a new battery… or maybe your laptop’s power meter is simply lying to you. If this happens to you then here’s something to try first before all else.

In my case the original battery DID die, “Suddenly, at home” after many years of faithful service. I tried all of the usual tricks which I’d found scattered around the internet - including wrapping it carefully and putting it in the freezer for a couple of days (seriously), but I came to the conclusion that I was just going to have to fork out for a new battery - not so straightforward when you live in one of those “other countries” where such batteries just aren’t stocked and sold - but I also didn’t have the money to buy another original Dell battery so I resorted to buying a cheap replacement on Amazon…

LenogeĀ® New Replacement Laptop Battery for Dell Latitude

When this eventually arrived I found it to be a very tight fit - certainly not as easy to fit as my old battery - but fit it did, and it worked. I can’t say I was overly impressed with the amount of life I was getting out of this new battery, but I did (religiously) follow the manufacturer’s instructions about charging and completely discharging the battery quite a few times when I first started using it and it’s now good for at least an hour or maybe more when I’m actually using the computer, and for at least a day on standby.

That being said I did start to get this other problem when I was suddenly faced with the orange battery warning light blinking at me, even when the power lead was attached. Turning the computer over I could see that none of the 5 test lights on the back of the battery lit up when I pressed the test button - ordinarily they should.

The solution I finally hit upon was to leave the power lead attached but remove the battery… then reinsert the battery.

That’s it.

Simply doing that cleared whatever communication problem there was between the battery and the computer and the power meter now showed that I had 73% charge (for example), and pressing the test light on the battery while the power lead is connected while I’m using the computer displays 4 green test lights - each light corresponds to approximately 20% charge so this is correct. Note that if you press and hold the button for longer than 3 seconds then each of these lights corresponds to 20% battery degradation, so be careful to just press and release the button straight away when checking how much it is charged.

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Support our caregiving

If you found anything on this site of use, interesting, or even mildly amusing then please consider dropping a few pennies in the jar to help us to take care of our disabled son who contracted encephalitis in 2007 at the age of 6 and who is now confined to a wheelchair. He is getting bigger as his mother and I get older, imagine that, please. Every penny we collect goes towards his upkeep, and towards his future care requirements.

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